Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl arrives to meet with Bassil in Beirut, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Kneissl, whose government holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union until the end of 2018, arrived in Lebanon on a two-day tour.Kneissl, in turn, said: "I respect Lebanon and the Lebanese people for their generosity in welcoming Syrian refugees over the past years".During her remarks at AUB, Kneissl said she believed the war in Syria may soon come to a halt.Kneissl recently surprised the world by opening her address at the U.N. General Assembly in Arabic.During her speech, she mentioned her time spent in Lebanon during the country's 1975-90 Civil War.
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